A fine Nuremberg Schwarzlot beaker with religious portraits & scrollwork, c.1670

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Lot 119
A rare North German 'Schwarzlot' enamelled beaker
circa 1675

Sold for £ 12,000 (US$ 14,748) inc. premium
A rare North German 'Schwarzlot' enamelled beaker
circa 1675
Attributed to Johann Anton Carli, Andernach am Rhein, unsigned, the cylindrical form with rounded base painted in black on one side with St. John the Baptist holding the Cross tied with a ribbon inscribed ECCE AGN. DEI, and a lamb at his feet, a seascape to his rear with sailing vessel, buildings on a headland, the reverse with half-length portrait of Christ holding the orb, his left hand with fingers raised in Blessing, both with a nimbus and within a circular line panel, the sides with formal foliate scroll with cherub's heads and pendant bunches of fruit, 7.4cm high

Footnotes

  • Johann Anton Carli (d.1682) is one of only a handful of decorators of glass in Schwarzlot enamels in the second half of the 17th century to have worked outside what is generally considered to be the sole production area of Nuremberg. Based in Andernach in the Rhineland, near Koblenz, only two signed examples of his work are recorded, both of façon de Venise type. One of these was sold at Sotheby's, Olympia, 18 December 2001, lot 10 (£58,750), painted on the bowl with 'The Woman of Samaria at the well with Christ', the cover with Roman heads between fruit swags.

    In his article 'Rheinische Schwarzlotmalerien des 17.Jahrhunderts' (Münchner Jahrbuch der Bildenden Kunst, Dritte Folge Band 1, pp.231-234) the renowned German glass historian, Robert Schmidt, illustrated in 1950 what he believed to be the only extant signed example of Carli's work. It is painted with a view of Andernach with a hunting scene in the foreground. The whereabouts of this example is now unknown.

    The Carli (Caroli, Carls, Carlss) were a family from Andernach, whose members were described as 'glass-makers', 'glass-burners' and 'glass-painters'. The son of Johann Carli senior, Johann Anton Carli - known as Johann - married Gertrud Fabri from Adenau. They settled in Andernach where Johann became a member of the important local guild of 'Eisengaessern'. It may be assumed that father and son, like the Nuremberg master Johann Schaper, trained in window glass painting and were mainly occupied with the production of painted windows. A considerable Italian colony seems to have existed in the area of the Rhine valley at this date which may have been connected with the travelling glass-makers from Altare (near Savona). Thus, Italian-style glass may well have been made in their workshops as well as glass of a similar nature to that of Nuremberg.
A rare North German 'Schwarzlot' enamelled beaker circa 1675
A fine Nuremberg Schwarzlot beaker with religious portraits & scrollwork, c.1670
A rare North German 'Schwarzlot' enamelled beaker circa 1675
A rare North German 'Schwarzlot' enamelled beaker circa 1675
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